Definition of empathize in English:

empathize

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Understand and share the feelings of another.

    ‘counselors need to be able to empathize with people’
    • ‘Mostly this happens when I can't understand or empathize with what she's feeling.’
    • ‘We empathize with others and often respond with emotion to their condition.’
    • ‘In addition, the more empathetic you are, the more vividly you anticipate your own pain: In a sense, you're empathizing with your future self.’
    • ‘They are able to listen to, empathize with, and understand their needs.’
    • ‘This is not a film that asks you to empathise with or even understand the coroner.’
    • ‘Isolated and alone they cannot empathize with others and lose their humanity.’
    • ‘Understanding and empathizing with patients can only enhance the level of communication.’
    • ‘We know better how to empathize with a person who is suffering than with one who is succeeding.’
    • ‘I may not like the fact he is considering it, but I can understand it and empathise with him.’
    • ‘Now the job description has been expanded to include listening and that least measurable of skills, empathizing.’
    • ‘I understand and empathize with the victims' losses, but at the same time, I'm a realist.’
    • ‘With the growth of technology and computers, our students are experiencing greater and greater difficulty in understanding and empathizing with artists who lived in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.’
    • ‘Participants identified a number of specific ways that they helped youth at camp, which usually involved talking, listening, sharing, and empathizing, and teaching campers specific skills during camp classes.’
    • ‘We enhance relationships by understanding our feelings, empathizing with the feelings of others, and controlling our emotions.’
    • ‘Understandably, Rover empathizes with her point of view.’
    • ‘Act like you understand and empathize with every sad story you hear, but don't speak first.’
    • ‘Literary experiences that encourage children to walk in someone else's shoes give them opportunities to try understanding or empathizing with the points of view and needs of other inhabitants of the earth.’
    • ‘Does the activity provide an avenue for goal setting, developing plans, and empathizing with others?’
    • ‘Although we understand Aileen's reasoning, we neither sympathize nor empathize with her.’
    • ‘He was extremely effective at communicating and empathizing with people.’
    identify, be in tune, have a rapport, feel togetherness, feel at one, commune, sympathize, be in sympathy
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Pronunciation

empathize

/ˈempəˌTHīz//ˈɛmpəˌθaɪz/